Stormers sweat over Kolisi
Cape Town - The Stormers are sweating over the availability of flank Siya Kolisi
ahead of their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Palmerston North on Friday.
Kolisi was on Wednesday included in the Stormers' starting team
but, according to Die Burger
, he is struggling with a groin injury and a final decision regarding his availability will be made on Thursday.
"We will know after our captain's practice on Thursday if Siya can play. His groin is a bit sore," said coach Allister Coetzee
"He didn't train much this week, but I'm optimistic that he'll be fit."
Should Kolisi be unable to play hooker Deon Fourie could wear the No 6 jersey with the other option to promote Nizaam Carr from the bench.
The Stormers are currently 11th on the Overall Super Rugby log
, with three wins and four losses, while the Hurricanes are eighth with five wins and three losses.
Kick-off is at 09:35 (SA time) on Friday.Teams:Hurricanes:
15. Andre Taylor, 14. Alapati Leiua, 13. Conrad Smith (captain), 12. Tim Bateman, 11. Matt Proctor, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Brad Shields, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2. Motu Matu'u, 1. Ben Franks
Substitutes: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Ben May, 18. Mark Reddish, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Tusi PisiStormers:
15. Joe Pietersen
, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana
, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage
, 8. Duane Vermeulen
, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi
, 5. Andries Bekker
, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Brok Harris
, 18. Rynhardt Elstadt, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Damian de Allende